Body Coaches at each one of our TB12 Performance and Recovery Centers utilize an incredible piece of technology known as an Alter-G to help our clients live and perform pain-free. These devices are Anti-Gravity Treadmills, and no, this isn’t science fiction. The treadmill uses NASA-based anti-gravity technology to allow for partial weight bearing while walking or running – this means that clients can walk or exercise with a fraction of their body weight, anywhere from 20% to 100%. This is a beneficial tool that allows for a more efficient and effective rehab process and enables us to get clients better faster.
Following surgery, many clients will have weight-bearing restrictions. This Alter-G Treadmill allows Body Coaches to safety progress clients week to week with an objective measurement of weight, speed, distance, and duration. It is very simple to track progress, as clients may start at 50% weight bearing and progress by 10% each week. If a client is able to walk or run sooner, even at partial weight, it can help to decrease swelling, prevent muscular atrophy, and improve the overall client outcomes. Controlling and reducing the load through the joints also decreases the risk of injury. Additionally, because the client is secured into the treadmill, there is minimal risk of falling or losing balance. This gives the clients more confidence and helps to create better neuromuscular patterns while retraining the brain and muscles how to walk and run.
This can be a useful tool for both musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. Examples of post-operative musculoskeletal conditions include: ACL reconstruction, lateral ankle ligament reconstruction, hip labrum repair, total hip replacement, total knee replacement, lumbar laminectomy, or lumbar discectomy. Specific injuries or conditions such as plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, patella tendinitis, IT band syndrome, osteoarthritis, amongst others can also benefit from the unweighted training. Body coaches may also use the Alter-G treadmill for neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, or Parkinson’s disease. The Body Coach can teach gait mechanics and help retrain some of these movement patterns essential for walking or running.
At TB12, we are always on the forefront of rehab and injury prevention. The Anti-Gravity Treadmill is one of the tools we commonly use in our centers when working with athletes and clients of all ages. This Alter G Treadmill training, along with the hands on deep force manual therapy, functional strength and conditioning, and holistic lifestyle approach leads to faster recovery times and improved outcomes.